Run Vinnie Run 2021
The past year and a half has affected us all in particular ways. Health, family, community, relationships, education, work, finances, entertainment, and just about everything in our lives and the lives of those we care about have been affected by COVID-19. None of us are the same people today as we were at the start of 2020.
Another sector significantly affected by the pandemic has been philanthropy. The pandemic had resulted in significantly less charitable donations and volunteering. Yet, demand for charitable services has increased profoundly. Budget cuts, permanent layoffs, and furloughs have ominously affected non-profit organizations. With that, we cannot necessarily conclude that declining numbers of non-profit giving means an overall decrease in charity. Food-related giving has increased over the course of the pandemic and person-to-person giving is difficult to capture, with many sources citing more giving in sectors like these… So, like many things in our new world, the dynamics of philanthropy may have shifted as a result of the pandemic.
Blending healthcare with philanthropy, over the course of the pandemic, healthcare in general, has been running at hyper-speed, working non-stop, focused almost entirely on COVID. Unfortunately, during this time, there may have been less focus towards comorbid conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer amongst others and all-purpose preventative care. Likewise, while philanthropy in certain capacities may have increased, focus may have been diverted from organizations that have long relied on the generosity of others.
I’ve spent nearly every day over the last 18 months fighting against COVID in some capacity. Little by little, so many of us are trying to reclaim parts from our pre-pandemic lives. For me, running and raising money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation regains me part of my pre-pandemic self. Over the next two months, I will be raising money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and running the Youngstown Marathon in Orange at the end of October.
Many of you have supported me in the past and in whatever capacity – whether it be financial or spiritual – the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, as well as myself, would greatly appreciate it!
Since I started raising money for the Crohn’s & Colitis foundation in 2017, more drugs are coming through the pipeline. Thanks to some of these drugs, less patients need major surgeries like colon removal. Advances in diet demonstrate improved symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. Your contributions are helping fund the research to improve the lives of so many of the 3 million Americans living with inflammatory bowel diseases.
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